This is a collection of different vignettes and scenes - from my own garden to those of my clients - that felt special to me and that I wanted to share for inspiration.
A large marble lotus bowl holds water and orchids. It's a meditative feature that inspires pause and reflection and adds to the beauty of the surround space.
Backyard Garden Storage
Bought vintage cupboard at estate sale to use as charming outdoor gardening tool storage in the back garden of a small bungalow. Photo: Melisa Bleasdale
Fijewski outdoor patio
Busy professional with a small condominium garden wanted a Zen, clean space with easy-care plantings. The Asparagus ferns were baby-small at this point and have now grow tremendously to fill in the space. Photos: Melisa Bleasdale
Fijewski outdoor patio
Busy professional with a small condominium garden wanted a Zen, clean space with easy-care plantings. The tiny pagoda sits under her kitchen window on the back patio. Photos: Melisa Bleasdale
Antique Thai Buddha set among the Lavender. Butterflies often land on the statue.
Bright blue ceramic pots grouped together hold an assortment of succulents. Melisa Bleasdale
My miniature cement form planter holds tiny succulents in all different colors and forms.
Succulents planted in an antique tin wall shelf fitted with peat moss. The String of Pearls trails down to the patio floor.
The Buddha sits on a bed of stones and is honored by fallen blossoms, pieces of pottery, shells and any other beautiful thing that deserves a pride of place for a moment. Photos: Melisa Bleasdale
Outdoor Covered Patio
These large lighted balls are made from twisted roots and hung from the ceiling of a barn-like roof. They are filled with battery operated LED string lights for a dramatic effect at night.
Covered Patio Fountain
The antique fountain sometimes hold floating blooms that have fallen off the Camilia trees.
Covered Outdoor Patio
The hanging rattan balls were sprayed a glittering gold metallic and filled with LED string lights for an extra magical effect.
I live in a rental so I am a little constrained with what I can do to my yard but I still want it to feel magical. I have a salvaged fireplace mantel anchored to the wall near my outdoor table and I have filled it with mismatched candles and my Quan-Yin statue. I add branches and whatever else catches my eye and usually, she has a fresh flower in her lap. Makes me smile.